Q. Is it true that the world will come to an end in the battle of Armageddon, when Jesus returns to earth?
One of the most common false concepts in religious circles is that at Christ’s coming a huge battle called “Armageddon,” will be fought in Palestine. This battle is to be a literal flesh and blood battle in which all wicked people will be destroyed and Christ will sit on a literal throne in literal Jerusalem for a literal thousand year period of time.
There is not a single verse in all the Bible that indicates that Christ will ever step foot on earth again. On the contrary, when he comes again, the earth will be burned up. Consider these verses:
2 Peter 3:1-14 (NASB)
1* This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
2* that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
3* Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,
4* and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”
5* For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
6* through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
7* But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
8* But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
9* The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
10* But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
11* Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12* looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
13* But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
14* Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
1 Thessalonians 5:1-5(NASB)
1* Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.
2* For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.
3* While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
4* But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
5* for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18(NASB)
13* But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
14* For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
15* For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16* For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17* Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
18* Therefore comfort one another with these words.
Armageddon is a word that appears only once in the Scriptures. At the pouring out of the sixth bowl of wrath Revelation 16:16 says:
“And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.”
The Scriptures talk about several battles that were fought in the hills of Megiddo. In Judges chapters 5 & 6 Israel gained a great victory over the Canaanites in this area. In Judges 7 Gideon and 300 men won a great victory over the Midianites in this area.
In the book of Revelation there is a constant spiritual battle between the forces of good and evil, truth and error, light and darkness, God and Satan. Revelation assures us that in Christ we have the victory (Romans 8:37). This spiritual “Armageddon” is not some earthly war. The Scriptures nowhere teach that there will ever be a marshaling of all the armies of the world into the Valley of Megiddo for the world’s last great war, which some call Armageddon.